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  2. You can’t leave us in suspension any longer how do they sound
  3. Not so sure about that . Solid block or brick walls wobble about more than we'd think...in directions and at frequencies which turntables don't like.
  4. Depends upon the wall. If it is a stud wall then you are correct, if it is a solid block built wall then the shelf needs to be tightagainst it.
  5. Actually Linn's recommendation is a light, stiff support. So it can be a table or a shelf. Personally I use a Sound Organisation shelf, 3 Naim Fraim cups and balls, and a sheet of 10mm toughened glass.
  6. If you do go with a wall shelf...the same applies as with tables or floor stands. It should be light and rigid in construction. The best fixing for the shelf is then a little counter intuitive because you don't want to bolt it hard up to the wall. Choose good strong wood screws with a long plain shank near the head which have a nice tight fit in the chosen plugs. Then snug the shelf up so that there remains a little play between it and the wall .This helps decouple it from the energy excited and stored in the wall . You're sort of hanging the shelf from that wall rather than bolting to it . [Some specialist shelves are supplied with fixings designed to achieve this same effect but the above technique works very well with care ]
  7. That is certainly true. The bottom line is that very few people play enough grit impregnated records to "wear out" a stylus in a couple of years ...but quite a few cartridges do suffer from premature ageing of the cantilever suspension ...which I think is the more common cause of an early drop off in the performance of good quality moving coils. With moving magnets the issue doesn't tend to arise because a new stylus fixes both issues with one little click and doesn't cost a fortune.
  8. I’m far too old to be cool, but I do use Spendor D9s with a similar system and am delighted. I don’t have that wonderful LP12 plinth though: have thought about a new plinth, but as everything sounds great I have put such thoughts on the back burner. My biggest upgrade in recent times was Urika II - the improvement was immediately apparent with my DV cartridge, so much so that I wore it out and ended up replacing it with a Krystal that was even better. Woulc the Kandid have been very much better? The LP12 in your photos looks fantastic.
  9. So many memories. I can remember coming home and playing the Entertainment album by Gang Of Four with these speakers. Just fabulous...
  10. This was the sad state of the original woofer cones...
  11. Good question! The finish here is not a glossy smooth option. If you run your hands down the sides you can feel the wood grain in a pleasing way. I am a part time wood worker so I enjoy this aspect to these old 1980s speakers. At the time I purchased them none of this was on my radar of course...
  12. Interesting. Don’t see a lot of white oak finished speakers any more. Is this veneer out of fashion ? Not exotic enough I wonder ?
  13. ^^ yes, you are correct! The main idea with this range of speakers is they were designed to be placed right up against rear walls. My plan is to connect them to my main system via a new Sonos Amp that powers my in wall kitchen speakers. This way I can test them. I expect them to sound decent, hopefully better than I think. I will then most likely move them to our island cabin property where I will place them in our bedroom. This will be a solid upgrade from the Sonos Play3 that we have there now. I have so much history with these speakers that I am determined not to sell them...
  14. We’re you the lucky buyer who just bought the black sneaky dsm this week?
  15. I would've bought it, and I'm not even in the market. That's how good a deal you got. Congratulations!
  16. Funnily enough, I didn't even know the Kiko existed until you mentioned it. I was able to pick up a used Sneaky DSM for $600.00 USD, but hopefully that is a good price?
  17. This will be interesting to experiment with. I really like the Ninka's for the most part, but I may have to change to something easier to drive if the Sneaky can't cut it.
  18. Forgive me as this topic has little to do with Linn... During my five years as a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) I enjoyed a cheap sound system with homemade speakers. After leaving (1986) one of the first things I did after entering the real world was treat myself to upgraded audio components. There was a hi-fi shop in Stamford Connecticut that had this amazing once a year sale. Buyers would camp out for the entire night in front of the store to ensure they satisfied their shopping lust. I stopped by at around 4AM to get a decent spot in line for the opening doors at 9AM. What I walked away with was a pair of Allison CD7 speakers. The owner of this company was Jim Allison. Jim was a legendary sound engineer during the classic hi-fi era. He was the A in AR (Acoustic Research) which was a very famous company that built popular speakers and legendary turn tables. He wrote several papers on sound and loudspeakers which have filtered through many designers and engineers since then. Later in life he starting making his own speakers in a wide range of cabinet sizes. This was a small company. These speakers seemed quite expensive at the time. By today’s standards they were “affordable”. I always like the sound. I enjoyed listening to these Allison’s for many years before upgrading to newer options. I knew that there was age related damage to the woofer cones. So, the sad fate was that these speakers were relegated to the rear of a storage closet where they sat in the dark for more than eight years. A few weeks ago I succumbed to guilt and rescued them. I think doing my major Linn Exaktbox upgrade sort of prompted this? I realized just how great the cabinet condition was. So, I found a local semi retired guy about an hour away who has a home based speaker repair business. He sounded quite eager to work on vintage Allisons. He had met Jim Allison decades earlier and I could sense the respect he had for him. I got my Allison speakers back from the repair shop today . Brand new tweeters, new cones for both woofers, a cleaning and thorough test of the crossovers. Brought them home and after a careful dusting and wiping they look as good as new! The cabinets are still in amazing condition for their age. Will hook them up to some part of my system for a good audio test. It has been many years since I have listened to them. Time will tell if they actually sound good or if I am just catering to nostalgia?
  19. My previous house had a suspended floor. I would have footfall skips if I didn't walk lightly. But I would mostly sit and listen (not a good dancer). Also, periodic re-leveling was needed. Linn recommend a lightweight rigid table. You may want to try a Lack table from Ikea. They are C$10 here. If I were in the market, I'd get a NOKTable. Also, if you can find a second-hand Audiotech or Sound Organisation table, those would be good choices. Sorry, I can't comment on a wall bracket as I've never used one. Many here do with good results, so I wouldn't rule it out at this point.